Franchise Opportunity Report 2019

Franchise Opportunity Report 2019

The year 2018 was one of the most challenging to date for franchising, but fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel

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The state of the franchise market

The state of the franchise market

The president of the Lebanese Franchise Association (LFA), Yahya Kassaa, talks to HN about some of the most interesting local and international franchises currently in operation, the top-performing F&B brands, the challenges operators face, alongside possible solutions, and the association’s past and future targets

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Regional F&B groups – The five-year challenge

Regional F&B groups – The five-year challenge

F&B operators and investors in the region have certainly faced turbulent times in recent years. Fortunately, there’s still good news to share, despite the difficulties, as Toufic Akl, partner, operations, at Hodema Consulting Services, reveals

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Marc Chehade and the secret of MEC’s success

Marc Chehade and the secret of MEC’s success

He entered the Lebanese F&B industry in 2000, when still fairly young and studying for a civil engineering degree at LAU. Being a nightlife enthusiast himself, Marc Chehade decided to set up a company called Managing and Engineering F&B Concepts (MEC) and, as CEO, opened the first bar in Monot Street, named Rounders

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A comprehensive perspective

A comprehensive perspective

The US-based National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world, supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research at the NRA, discusses the factors to consider, before taking the franchising plunge

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Protect your brand: Trademark registration

Protect your brand: Trademark registration

A trademark can protect the name and logo of a franchise, its products and its services. Anticipating brand protection is crucial. Michel Nassar, attorney-at-law and of counsel at SAAS Lawyers, tells us how to protect our most valued asset

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Franchising in the Middle east

Franchising in the Middle east

The UAE has been hugely successful in positioning itself as an international brand destination. Dubai has become a brand name for F&B, in particular, around the globe. Abdul Kader Saadi, managing director and owner of Glee Hospitality Solutions, explores the current market

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Hygiene – Survival of the Cleanliest

Hygiene – Survival of the Cleanliest

Hygiene is an issue of concern to all of us, especially owners and operators of hospitality establishments. Ensuring the quality and cleanliness of both the environment and edibles being served is paramount to the success of daily operations and continued growth of a brand. With this in mind, HN talked to some of the country’s most active players on the hygiene scene to discover more about the initiatives, strategies and services they offer

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Hygiene – Ditching the Dirt

Hygiene – Ditching the Dirt

With below-par cleanliness and poor hygiene risking significant repercussions for an establishment, ongoing training, supervision, inspection systems and new innovations all have an essential part to play in today’s regimes

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Hygiene – A holistic approach

Hygiene – A holistic approach

The Preverisk Group, an international consultancy group specializing in health and safety solutions for the tourism sector, was appointed by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism in October to assess hotels in Hurghada, in line with the Structural Reform Program aimed at enhancing the tourism sector’s competitiveness and following an incident at an establishment there. Dr. Ahmed Karam, Preverisk Egypt operations and business manager, discusses the scope of the task with HN and why the group prefers to support, rather than police clients

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